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Friend or foe? Foe!! Jimpson Weed

 
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Can anyone help identify this prickly character that popped up in my garden? From some quick googling it looks to be similar to a datura.
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I’m pretty sure it is. It’s not quite like the Jimpson Weed we have here. If it’s as toxic as Jimpson Weed, you shouldn’t even pull it bare handed. I felt weird after pulling some. Kind of high but not in a good way.  I think it’s been used medically and spiritually. I knew a guy in high school who said the seeds would make you high for a day. The next thing I heard about him was that he got hit by a train and died. He was walking . I’m convinced it was the Jimpson Weed but don’t really know.
 
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Foe!

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I woudn't want to encounter those spiky seeds in my garden. Favas are much friendlier.
 
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Thanks for the comments guys, I put my gloves on and ripped it out.
Toxic and spiky sounds like a bad combo for my 3yr old son and I when we're barefoot gardening.
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The seed pods are certainly beautiful in their own right, especially in the fall when they dry out and split open, but on balance I reckon I'd classify jimsonweed as foe.  It crops up regularly in the corral next to our barn, and I get nauseated just smelling the odor it emits when scything it down.  It's supposedly rather toxic to livestock, but it has never seemed to cause any problems here.
 
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Datura grows wild in a lot of places in Southern Utah.
They are planted as ornamentals in my town and can turn into big showy plants.
In late summer when the large white trumpet shaped flowers are open there is a distinct sweetish aroma in their vicinity. They attract a lot of pollinators especially moths in the evening.
 
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